Max is back in Walford and is thrown straight back into the drama when Kirsty gives him an ultimatum. Alfie wants to tell Kat that he and Roxy have set a date.
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Excuse me. Who gave you the authority to take that down, yeah?
No-one told me about this.
Sorry, who are you exactly?
I'm the acting manageress of this establishment. Who are you?
You can call me Sadie...
-and I just bought the place.
Excuse me. Hello?
-Whit, you seen my money belt?
-Got to make myself something to eat.
Oh. You've got it all sorted, ain't you, eh?
What would you do without me?
I hope I never have to find out. Come here.
Not you as well. Go and sit down.
Is that my necklace?
Tyler bought her that.
I didn't think you'd want it.
-You ain't going out with Tyler no more, right?
So, he ain't going to want to see you wearing it.
See everyone missed me, then.
Kat, please, darling, when you get this, can you ring me back?
-No. Still not answering.
-She's going to find out sooner or later.
Find out what?
-Oh, it's nothing important.
-Thank you(!) Thank you.
No, I meant it's nothing important to Tyler,
-under the circumstances, all right?
Me and Alfie have set a date for the wedding.
Valentine's Day. And Alfie just wants to tell Kat first
because he thinks if she finds out from someone else she's going to freak out. Freak out more, that is.
That's great. I mean, about the date, obviously. Congratulations.
-Thank you, Tyler. Thank you. See?
-Thank you. Yeah, all right.
I understand why you want to tell Kat first, but why would you not want to tell me?
Mate, it's only because...
the whole episode with you and Whitney,
I just didn't want to rub me and Roxy's happiness in your face, OK?
I didn't want to remind you of it all. All right?
Did Tyler get you that?
Yeah. Means a lot to him.
Means a lot to me an' all.
You all right?
I don't want to lose Tyler as a mate.
I've hurt him, you know? Probably going to end up hating me now.
Right. And what if he understands?
How are you going to know if you don't give him a chance?
Like you and Alfie?
-I've run out of chances, ain't I?
-See you later.
So, Lauren's doing well, yeah?
Yeah. She's doing much better.
Yeah, yeah. They're fine, Abs.
Right. So, is that it?
Well, there's not much more to say, is there?
They miss you, all of them.
And what about you, Dad? It's been two weeks.
Yeah, well, I've had some thinking to do. You know, decisions to make.
And did you?
Yeah, I'm going to concentrate on what matters...
You, me and work, Abs.
In that order. Nothing else.
What about Kirsty?
-Max? What are you doing back?
-It's my house.
I want to go upstairs, Cora, have a shower and then go to work.
When I get back, I want this whole place tidied up, your fancy man gone.
You, me and work. In that order.
Who's he calling fancy man?
Bit early even for you, ain't it? Meeting someone?
Now, nothing happened. Nothing ever WAS going to happen.
I was using her to make you feel jealous.
It's stupid and I'm sorry.
I shouldn't be playing games,
especially with you helping with Mum the other day.
Maybe it's Kat you should be apologising to, not me.
-I said I'd be here if you needed me...
-I'm not going to...
The fact is, it's me that needs you.
After seeing you with Mum the other day...
It would be great if we could just have one drink. As mates.
I'll think about it, OK?
20, 30, 40. There you are.
You all right, B? You up and running with the stall again?
-You know I've been leaving her
-a couple of messages?
-Oh, yeah, she got your message, Alfie.
-A few things were said...
-Oh, she's stronger than you think.
-You all right, Tyler?
-I'll see you later.
Yeah, see you, B. Bye, darling.
-How do you do it, mate?
Kat cheated on you. She can't help mucking you about and you still...
-I just don't understand why you don't...
-Why I don't hate her?
Why, do you hate Whitney?
No. No, part of me wants to.
Don't forget, I was in love with Kat for the best part of ten years.
-There's a part of me that will always care for her.
It's better than pretending that the last ten years were all a lie, eh?
-Oh, you all right, Whit?
It's over, isn't it? I mean, she don't know me from Adam.
And there I was, acting like I ran the place.
Well, you was running the place. You know, for a time.
So you've got to use that, OK?
You know this place better than anybody, baby.
-And remember, you're an ideas person.
Course you are. Go, go, go.
Vamoose, vamoose. Remember - ideas, ideas.
-It's been a bit of a manic day.
Look, I'm sorry. I had no idea.
I mean, I would never have been so rude...
How were you to know? Besides, I like a bit of spark.
I'm guessing you're...Lola?
What?! No. She's not in today.
-Poppy Meadow. Of course...
Is that from Tanya? What'd she say?
Just some useful notes. Listen, Poppy, the salon's not going to be open for a couple of weeks.
-Doing a bit of work, you know.
-But you and I should have a chat.
-Yeah! Yeah, I'd love that.
How about now? I've got loads of ideas.
I bet you do. Poppy, I'm loving the enthusiasm,
but there's going to be a few changes round here.
Ms Cross put in a good word for you and Lola...
-but one step at a time, yeah?
-Yeah. Of course.
I look forward to them.
OK. See you.
-What you doing?
-Er, we're discussing portfolios.
What are you doing with my daughter? Where's the help?
-She's got the morning off. Apparently, even nannies have...
-Oi! I wouldn't have thought
-you'd have anything to do with kids.
-Why, cos I like guys?
Oh, I'd never say never. Not under the right circumstances.
With the right partner, of course.
Did you want something?
-You're still here.
-Yeah, I've got some unfinished business.
Ain't we all?
You should leave her alone, Max.
What do you think I've been doing?
-It's not all about Kirsty, is it?
-It is for me.
Well, I tell you what, if you two are happy, I'm happy.
Knock yourselves out.
You're giving it back?
-You don't want it no more?
-No, it's not that.
I just don't want you looking at me and seeing someone that hurt you.
I don't want you to be reminded of that every day.
I don't want to lose you as a friend though.
Look, I gave it to you, OK?
I can't take it back.
I'm meeting Fats and Tam for a drink later, if you fancy it...
as a mate?
See you later.
So I walk in there and he's sat at the table and he's feeding her.
He's feeding her!
Are you sure this is Scarlett you're worried about?
Because you sound jealous to me.
Jealous?! Are you broken? We don't know anything about him.
Maybe he's a serial killer or something.
Right. I'll have a tea, please.
Alfie's looking for you.
He knows where to find me.
-Look, if this is about last week...
-Talk to him, OK? It's important.
Yes, all right. You owe me one, all right?
-You all right?
-You'll never guess what Michael wants me to do.
Yeah? You'll never guess how little I care.
Oh, that's nice. Yeah, nice to see you too.
"Jack, thanks, you know, for taking care of the car lot."
I want to talk to you about that. You were meant to run the place, Jack, not run it into the ground.
You're not the only one with responsibilities, Max, all right?
-I sent you away to sort your head out. You've been gone for two weeks, what happened?
-What are you talking about? Everything's fine. Everyone's very happy.
-Yeah? Well, why aren't you?
-Kirsty, isn't it? Still.
-It's got nothing to do with Kirsty.
-Oh, yeah? You told her that?
-You even seen her?
-I ain't got to talk to her, have I?
-I ain't got to see her. We both know the score.
-Who you lying to? Me or yourself?
Oi, you need to talk to her, all right?
You need to sort this out, once and for all.
KNOCKING ON DOOR
Hi. I'm looking for Max Branning?
Yeah, well done, you found him.
You're a hard man to get hold of. Went to your house, they sent me to the car lot, then...
-Um, I'm Sadie by the way...
-Very nice. You'll have to wait, babe.
Sorry, I apologise for him. He's got woman troubles.
You're telling me.
I'm Jack. Jack Branning...
I don't have any woman troubles at all.
We've got plenty of treatments at the salon that will help you out on that score.
Kirst, you know what we were talking about earlier on?
-I said I'd think about it.
-No, not the drink. It's Mum.
She's had some sort of...turn. I'm worried about her.
-Can you get someone to cover? Look, I wouldn't have asked,
but she's asking after you.
Sorry. I shouldn't have asked. It's not your problem.
OK. I'll ask Alfie when he gets back from the bank.
Here we go. Thank you. Cheers.
Two BLTs to go, please.
Is Alfie about?
No, bank run.
He's been calling me.
Is there a problem?
-No. I'll let him tell you.
-Tommy's all right, ain't he?
No. Tommy's fine. It's nothing like that.
We've set a date for the wedding. Valentine's Day.
Valentine's Day? That's great.
You must be excited.
Have you made an announcement yet?
No. Alfie thought it was important that you knew first.
Cos he wasn't quite sure how you'd react.
You all right?
-You seen him?
-Yeah. Been back hours.
Well, I guess he's got better things to do than worry about me.
Listen, about the other night...
What about it?
I just wanted to apologise...
and to thank you for doing the right thing.
Forget about it.
I already have.
You all right?
I was just...
-Coming to find me?
-You're doing what?
-I'm having young Daniel's name
checked on the sex offenders' list.
I feel if he's going to be in Scarlett's home environment,
-it would be sagacious.
-And you're OK with this?
-Well, seems like a sensible precaution.
Michael makes a good point.
So, how are you going to do it? Lawyer?
Not quite. Something more immediate.
Michael's business partner. Ex-copper.
You're having a copper look into me?
-I'd never reveal my sources, Daniel.
Right. Well, I'd better make myself useful...
-You don't have to go anywhere.
-I've got something on the boil.
Might even have some good news for you when I get back.
So, are you going to tell me why you left without saying a word?
Just disappeared and left me on my own.
Er, yeah, I went to visit Lauren.
And I also left to get away from you.
You know, just needed time to think.
Try and get you out my head.
And did it work?
But I can't trust you, can I?
-I know I hurt you.
-That's the thing about being in a relationship -
you're either in or you're out.
If you know that, people don't get hurt, lie about being pregnant...
-All comes down to trust, doesn't it?
-Yeah, you're right.
But it doesn't have to be like that. I mean, it wasn't,
-when it was just us.
-Well, it ain't just us, is it? It's my family.
What family, Max?
They've gone. I'm sorry to tell you the truth,
but they're not here.
You and me.
Yeah, well, Abi's here.
-Lauren, Oscar, they might...
-Oh. I can't keep going through this.
You keep disappearing, leaving me in limbo. I finish work at six.
If you think you're happy without me, fine.
But if you think there's any chance between us,
you'll be here by five past and we'll work it out.
And if I'm not?
Then I guess we're done.
Hey, Whit. Come join us.
-Completely different hair colour though.
-Doesn't make any sense.
-Hey, what you laughing at?
The new owner of the salon mistook Poppy for Lola.
Supposedly, there's some fact sheet or something that Tanya left
and Poppy's dying to know what it says about her.
I want to know what it said about Lola.
Probably "bite is worse than bark".
Hey. Kat's been looking for you.
Yeah, I heard. Bianca's looking for her an' all.
-Apparently, she just took off.
-I spoke to her.
OK. And said what?
Yeah, good. Not too bad.
That's it, Patrick. All right? No more drinking here, playing cards.
-Just taking liberties.
-Don't talk to him like that.
-Cora, Cora. It's all right.
-Don't push it, Cora. This is my home...
-Look, man. We've been looking after the place.
-Yeah, looked like it(!)
You know what? It's not your home no more.
You gave up that right the first time you moved out of here
to shack up with that woman.
Don't talk to me about "home". You don't even own the place.
What are you even talking about?
This is where my kids grew up. This is where my marriage happened.
Every single thing, good or bad, happened in this house.
Don't tell me this ain't my home or you can pack your bags an' all.
-OK. This is a bit awkward.
-Sorry, but I don't even know who you are.
-Are you just following me about?
-You said that earlier.
-Just get to the point, please.
-She bought Booty's, Dad.
-So, that's your skip in the street, is it?
-We're gutting the place.
Why would you do that?
Well, I think there's some improvements to be made, actually.
Put my own personal stamp on the place.
I've been trying to tell you, I've got bags of stuff that you might want to have a look through.
Ms Cross thought you might want to have a look, see if there's anything
-to keep for sentimental reasons.
It's just that Booty's been in the family for a few years.
Look, I'll have the bags brought over.
Anything you don't want, there's always the skip.
-What did Alfie say?
-Cover, so we can go see Mum.
-Oh. I can't. I'm sorry.
Is it work, cos I can hang around for a bit?
No, it's not work.
I've got to go home. I've got to be home by six.
-I've got stuff to do.
-Is it Max?
-Cos I could explain to him.
I don't even know if he's...
I can't. OK?
I hope you work it out.
Carl... Let me know if she's all right, yeah?
You all right?
-Is Alfie about?
-The toilet shuffle. I call it the toilet shuffle.
-What is it?
Tyler, please don't.
Kat, listen, I've been trying to call you.
Yeah, I left me phone at home. Been out shopping.
Listen, I know Roxy...
Yeah. Roxy told me the news.
Look, I got this cos I thought you'd like to have Tommy
-as pageboy at your wedding.
So he can see his dad and step-mum get hitched in style.
All right? You in the area?
I've got a job I need doing.
Cheers, Jack. Appreciate that.
That's a relief. My fears have been allayed.
Although he's a mercenary little wretch and a scumbag,
he's not a paedo.
-That was never your point.
-DOOR BELL RINGS
You were just trying to make him look ridiculous. Scare him off.
He doesn't need any help looking ridiculous.
He can do that quite capably on his own.
-I come with good news.
-Yes, Jack just called, and guess what?
-You're not a sex offender.
-Really? Well, there's a surprise.
No, good news for you, Janine.
Check this out.
Oh, Kenwyn House. That lovely Georgian building?
What are you doing with these?
The question is, what are YOU doing with these?
I found a private seller. No, let me rephrase that.
A desperate seller.
You know, you haven't really said a thing about Mum.
How is she?
Yeah, she's OK.
Actually, Abs, she's better than OK. She's...
Well, she's happy. They're all happy.
Well, that's a good thing, isn't it?
Well, no. Not if it means they won't come back.
This is still their home, even if we're not a family.
I don't think they're ever coming back, Dad.
Well, not to live anyway.
And if I'm being honest, I don't think that they should.
-Don't you think I know that?
Don't mean I have to like it, does it?
It's a small problem for a man of your talents, Warren.
You know what I said the other night?
No, it was true. You know it and I know it.
And I've been avoiding your calls cos I'm embarrassed.
I'm not angry.
It wasn't true though, cos...
-cos you can change.
-Yeah, I know.
I'm happy for you, Alfie. I am.
I'm happy for you and Roxy.
You deserve it.
Are you happy, Dad?
-Does it matter?
And it's OK. It's good that they are happy.
And you are allowed to be happy too.
Were you ever really happy with Kirsty?
Yeah, maybe. Before I found out your mum had cancer.
You know, before I came back here.
DOOR BELL RINGS Yeah, you know, I guess we had something.
What, did you just stop loving her, then?
-In the front room.
-Do you still love her?
Oi, don't say I don't look after you.
You've got a punter outside interested in them 4x4s
-you got in last month.
-All of them.
Michael. Can I get you a drink?
With your money or Janine's?
That was quite a stunt you pulled earlier. You're a dangerous guy.
I think I'll have to keep Janine nice and close in future.
But there's one thing you'll never be able to provide her with.
And trust me, it matters to her.
There's a lot about me you don't know, Michael.
Elaine, this is Michael. Michael, Elaine.
She's the one who tipped me off about the property earlier.
-Hi. Nice to meet you.
Come on. Let's take this elsewhere, yeah?
I never say never.
My brother tells me you want to buy some motors.
At the right price.
Sorry, mate. I can't go below sticker price, I'm afraid.
Then you might need to convince me.
I love this motor. It's tough. Can handle all the bumps,
rough terrain. Might give you a bit of what for.
It's part of the character.
-I'm not after temperamental cars, I want reliability.
-Yeah, you want something you can trust.
You want excitement as well, don't you?
Go on. Sit down. See what you think.
Lovely, ain't she?
Listen, mate. I'm going to have to wrap this up.
So, what do you reckon?
All in good time.
If I'm spending 10, 20 grand on one deal,
I want all the I's dotted and T's crossed, yeah?
-I can't do it.
-Can't do what?
This. Us being mates. I can't.
I don't want to end up like Alfie.
This is yours.
But I'm not.
Never will be.
Let's just stay out of each other's way, yeah?
Is this a wind-up? I'm trying to do business here.
Yeah, well, I'm sorry. Come back tomorrow.
I've got to be somewhere.
More important than making 20 grand on one sale?
Yeah, funnily enough. Much more important.
I just wanted to let you know, Mum's all right.
She sends her love.
To you at least.
I take it Max didn't show up?
I'm sorry. I can leave if you want.
Tell me about your mum.
He knew the score.
Janine get herself a new fella while I was away?
-Going up in the world, ain't she?
He's your replacement, not mine. You'd better look busy.
Billy Mitchell, Executive Director of Operations.
Nice to meet you, Billy, I hear you're the engine of the outfit.
Well, I like to think of myself as the Nick Hewer
to Janine's Lord Sugar.
When you're ready, ladies.
So, what exactly is it that you actually do here, anyway?
Do you know what he got up to last night?
No, and I don't want to have to deal with your paranoia today.
-I've got meetings with investors all day.
-He was with a woman.
No? Why didn't you just call me straight away?
A gay man with a female friend? Horror!
More than a friend, he was kissing her.
Proves he's not actually gay.
So that must mean that he's bisexual then. Well done, Sherlock.
Curious though, isn't it? Secretive.
Proves he'll seduce anything he wants.
Not everybody uses sex to manipulate people.
What does this matter to you anyway?
-Just thought he would have mentioned it.
As long as he's making me money, I don't care who he's kissing.
I actually find it quite a turn-on.
What do you reckon Kirsty will prefer, eh?
Continental? Or a fry-up?
I tell you what, I might just go for the full monty.
Worked up quite an appetite last night.
I've written a list of things we need to do, and today
I am going to look for a dress and then I'm going lingerie shopping.
Oh, wow, listen, I've got a couple of hours free if you need a hand.
No, no... Your job - get off -
is to come up with a list for a candidate for best man.
-Yes, you, you big tart!
What about Michael or Ian?
What, the weirdest man on the planet or a serial divorcee?
Well, I'm honoured, but I don't know if I can.
Course you can, you've got to get out there, enjoy life.
Tradition says the best man always gets to pull the best-looking bird
at the wedding. Obviously not the bride because she's with me.
I'd love to, mate, but I don't know if I'm going to be here by then.
Acupuncture, wrinkle reversal, eyelash extensions,
-Babe, they do that in a salon?
Yeah. Well, all the upmarket ones do anyway.
I ain't being funny or anything, but, like, how do you detox a colon?
Look, Sadie's already stood Lola down till the opening, right?
If I want to keep my job, I'm just going to have to learn how.
I mean, not the colon detox obviously,
but these long-lasting eyelash extensions.
I mean, they can't be that difficult, can they?
Just...just have to find someone to practise on.
-Mrs Cross, I...
-Whatever you want, the answer's no.
I wasn't sure you'd come back last night.
Abi reckoned you'd crawled back to Kirsty.
No. That ain't going to happen.
She's back with her ex. Saw them together last night.
Even she can't be that stupid.
Still, ain't your problem any more, is it?
Erm, I hear you and Mr Masood are love's young dream these days.
I don't know about the young bit.
Well, you know, the trouble with being in a relationship,
is you can just get comfy and let things slide.
So, if you want,
I can give you some lovely long-lasting eyelash extensions.
You know, all you'd have to do is sit and relax for a few hours.
Yeah, well, if I had a few hours,
I could think of better things to do than having my eyelashes extended.
What are you doing?
Bacon sarnie, but I could rustle up a full English if you like.
I've told you I don't want anything.
I'm just trying to cheer you up.
You seemed a bit down after Max stood you up last night.
He did not stand me up.
What, so he turned up after I left?
He don't know what he's got.
Yeah, well, he ain't got me and neither have you.
So don't try and worm your way back in. I'm fine on my own.
And? How did you do?
Got a grade A*! I'm now an officially qualified nursery nurse.
Great, so now we can officially dump the kids on you.
Oh, I don't know!
Oh, Max, how's Lauren?
-Please tell her I miss her, yeah?
Yeah, yeah, course, yeah.
I think she misses everyone as well, but she's in the right place,
-See you later.
All right, Max?
Two teas, please, Carol.
-You can't let her drive you away, all right?
-I told you it's not that.
Ant reckons he can get me a job on his cruise ship.
Sounds pretty sweet.
What are you talking about? You've got a business to run.
What would you spoon-feed some old codgers for?
It ain't like that any more. He reckons he's having the time of his life,
parties every night, different girl in every port.
Are we talking about the same bloke?
Anthony? The bloke that couldn't pull a muscle?
-If he can manage it!
So, different port, different girl...
Are you sure that's what you want?
Oh, mate, I don't know what I want any more.
Listen, I know it's not easy, all right.
-Remember when it all kicked off with Kat and, you know...?
It would've been so easy, I could have run away and buried myself.
But had I done that, I wouldn't have ended up with Roxy
and I wouldn't be sitting here asking you to be my best man, would I?
Come on, Ty, I promise you.
Once you get that old Tyler Moon magic and sparkle back
it'll be great, I promise you.
Just give it time, all right?
-Hey! I heard you set a date.
if you'd thought about beauty treatments for the big day?
Yeah. I want the full works.
Excellent. I'm just learning about these brand new eyelash extensions.
So, if you want, I can book you in for a free trial?
No. Ha! Learning? No.
You know what, I think I'll just stick to my usual routine.
I don't want to walk down the aisle with no eyelashes. Sorry.
-OK, well, congratulations.
Baby, you know, don't stress, all right? Someone will turn up.
You're not free for a few hours after work, are you?
I've already told you, Billy, I haven't given your job away.
But Michael said he was my replacement.
Well, Michael has got it wrong, as usual.
Danny's here to expand our property portfolio, you know?
I can do that.
What, with your extensive knowledge of high finance and investors?
Hey, I picked up a few things in the last few weeks,
besides, I ain't taking orders from someone I've just met.
Well, lucky for you, you're not working with Danny.
You'll be working with Lucy.
Looking forward to it.
Blimey, I've only been gone two minutes,
how many more people have you employed?
If you want to keep your job, then I suggest you just get on with it.
These are for you.
Erm, Michael said he saw you in the Vic last night.
I bet he couldn't wait to tell you that I was with a young lady.
You know Michael, he can't cope with anything more liberated than,
I don't know, a male nanny.
It's your business what you do.
I thought you'd know by now, I'd never say no to the right woman.
Well, I don't look into my employees' sex lives...
Do I, Billy?
As long as you do a good job in here,
it's up to you what you get up to in your free time.
If you're looking for a service wash, we're fully booked.
I'd rather do my own.
It never comes back properly clean unless Dot's here.
I wonder why.
I was waiting for someone who never showed.
I heard you had plenty to keep you busy.
Yeah, well, you heard wrong,
so you can stop spreading your nasty rumours.
I ain't spreading anything. It's Max you need to talk to.
Thought you'd be packing your trunks.
Alfie says you're going away. He wants me to talk you out of it.
I ain't decided yet, I'm still thinking it over.
What's there to think about?
Like Alfie said, I can't just pack up my life, can I?
Leave everything behind.
Yes, you can. That's precisely what you should do.
Just get out of here. Sail away, never come back.
-How come you haven't done it then?
-Because I have a daughter. Idiot.
I've got responsibilities. You don't have any.
Unless you're still holding a torch for the girl.
No? Then what's stopping you?
He must think he's pretty special.
Nice motor, though.
No, it's not. It's vulgar.
You know what, I could work my whole life
and still never afford something like that.
He must be doing something right.
It's been a good month, I'll knock a monkey off, yeah?
What have you been saying about me?
You been spreading rumours that I've been sleeping around?
-The only person I've slept with since we've been married is you.
-Sorry, one minute, please.
I saw Carl at your flat last night.
What, you think I'm just such a slapper, yeah,
I jump in bed with anyone who steps through the door?
I ain't saying that, but I saw him again this morning, he had papers, milk.
Oh, yeah, that's real proof that something's going on,
bringing round milk. I'll give it up to anyone for a pint of semi-skimmed!
It looks a bit suss, you invite me round, I find him there instead.
Yeah, well I waited, you never showed.
-I saw him at the window, Kirsty!
-And you didn't think to call round
to see what he was doing there?
You thought the worst of me
-because that's what you really think of me, isn't it?
-No. Course it ain't.
I know you don't trust me and maybe I don't deserve it,
but I don't deserve this either.
Anything I've ever done is because I loved you.
Uh, mate, the car?
Yeah, sorry about that.
That's my desk.
Yeah? Why aren't you sitting behind it then?
Can you get one of your bent copper mates to run a plate for me?
Yeah. I'll set you up a surveillance team if you like?
Cos the police haven't got anything better to do than waste their time on you, have they?
What's the matter with you? That's very hostile.
-I just need a bit of info on the owner.
I ain't wasting any more of my favours on you.
-You think you're so clever, you do it yourself.
-Executive Director of Operations?
What exactly does that mean?
Well, it's obvious, innit?
I direct operations in an executive kind of way,
so if you have any problems, come deal with me.
OK, well I'm supposed to meet the cleaning team in the R&R
about some staffing issue later but, I mean, if you'd rather go...
Yeah, I think that's best, I know how to deal with these people.
What have you been saying to Max?
He's got it in his head that we're back together.
That's got nothing to do with me.
So you've done nothing to encourage him?
No little nudges or winks to wind him up?
Why would I need to wind him up?
Does that all by himself.
I'm not some toy for you and Max to fight over.
I can make my own mind up what I want.
And right now, that's neither of you.
I wonder if you can help me,
I don't know if my car's due in for a service or not.
So if I give you my name... Danny Pennant.
Right, that's a bit of an oversight. Sorry about that.
I'm sure we can straighten something out though, yeah?
Look, I get it.
I get that you don't want to be friends with me,
but surely we can say hello.
We do live in the same place, we are going to see each other every day.
Well, maybe not.
I've been offered a job abroad.
You're thinking of taking it?
Ty, you don't have to leave cos of me.
Not everything's about you.
I've got a chance to go and see the world
and do all the things I've missed out on.
Why wouldn't I want to take it?
Tyler? All right?
You met this weasel Danny yet?
Now is a good time, brother. Now is a good time.
-Oh, you all right, Alfie?
Listen, is Fats about? I need a favour.
Er, yeah, we're just in the middle of something.
That's good. Well you carry on doing what you're doing but...
Fats, if you can hear me, mate,
Tyler needs a mate right now. He needs cheering up.
-I'm sorry, he's just a little bit busy.
-Give me one minute, brother.
Fats! I ain't finished yet.
I'm sorry, babe, but my boy needs me.
You promised you'd do this.
Yes, and I tried, all right? But it's not exactly manly, is it?
So can you get this off, please?
-I think they're stuck.
I just don't have the right cream.
Great! So what am I supposed to do now?
-Everything all right in there?
It's all good in the hood, brother. Let's go, man. Let's do it.
Yeah, it's all good. It's all good in the hood, innit? Nice.
I know what you're doing, Carl.
You set it all up, didn't you?
-Trying to make me think something was going on.
-How could I do that?
All these images you've got of me and Kirsty together,
they were already in your head.
Which means she knows what you think of her. You've blown it.
So what do you think is going to happen?
-You think she's going to come running straight back to you?
You might treat Kirsty like some toy to fight over
but I've got more respect.
I don't get why everyone thinks you're this big-time ladies' man,
you ain't got a clue.
Right, well if you're happy with the figures in principle,
we'll take you to the property now, let you have a proper look.
It does need a lot of work but it's a great investment.
Oh, thank you.
Especially with your network of highly successful potential tenants.
Two things I never say no to -
a good investment or a beautiful woman.
Right, well let's take you there now, yeah?
All right? You got a minute?
Er, absolutely not.
It's regarding Scarlett.
I've got an appointment in an hour, I'm afraid - I don't have a huge amount of time...
It's fine, Janine won't be long. She never lets anything get in the way of business.
Seems like a woman after my own heart.
-Ah. Mr Pennant?
That is a relief. I've come all the way from Chelsea looking for you.
Did no-one tell you I was coming?
What's this about? I'm in the middle of something here.
That's all right. It won't take long.
All I need you to do is sign here and here - and I'll need your keys.
Your car's being repossessed.
Would you get to the point, what is it that you think is wrong with her?
Glad you asked, yeah. It's...
It's difficult, you know? It's hard to put my finger on it.
If pushed, you know, I would say that she was growing increasingly...
-No, no, no...
This is a mistake.
Well, according to Accounts you have been warned about late payments.
-Danny? Is there a problem?
-It's just a misunderstanding.
Look - just give me an hour, I'll get you the cash.
I wish I could, mate, but, you know, I just pick up the cars.
Fine. Take her to baby signing.
Look, if there IS a problem, you can take it up with head office. Either that or call in the Old Bill.
Thank you, Mr Pennant. It's been a pleasure.
Hi. What happened?
Why don't we try this again some other time, hm?
I've just been gone a minute.
-He ain't upstairs, and he ain't answering his phone.
-He can't have gone far.
Well, one night out with the boys, and that'll soon change, innit?
You look like you've already had a heavy night out with the boys. Fats, what's with the shades?
-You know what, I'm gonna get a drink.
-Well, you said it was your car.
-Well, it is. Sort of.
I lease, so I can chop it in when I want.
It's like a new toy every month. What's wrong with that?
The fact your new toy just got repossessed, maybe? In front of an investor!
It didn't get repossessed, it was obviously a mix-up with the company -
that is, unless Michael had something to do with it.
Michael got your car repossessed? How could he do that?
Unless, you just couldn't make the repayments?
Why else would you just hand over the keys?
Why not call the company and get them to sort it out?
I didn't want to get involved in front of Henry.
The company clearly don't know what they're doing. I was thinking of changing them anyway.
I don't care what you do, as long as you haven't blown it.
Look, I'll speak to Henry and smooth things over -
and if I can't, I'll get a different investor. It's really not a problem, Janine.
You'd better - and don't ever embarrass me like that again.
I'm sorry, all right?
I know I should have spoken to you before I made up my mind but this ain't easy for me.
-Er, pint, please.
-You can't expect me just to forget everything that's happened.
After you left without saying goodbye, I thought that was it...
Then yesterday, you seemed to want me back again...
Yeah. I did.
But the second you saw me with a bloke, you changed your mind yet again.
-You know, if it's a bad time...
-I made a mistake, all right? I came back here to give it another go.
Why didn't you say? I'll go and get my coat.
We can still work things out if we want to.
What - until you see me talking to the wrong bloke again?
Look, what I did was almost unforgivable.
But if you really can't forgive me then this is never going to work.
So do us both a favour, and just leave it.
Right, fine. If that's what you want.
-You still got to serve me though, ain't you?
Why didn't you say half the cleaning staff were off sick? I've ended up scrubbing all the floors myself.
You are the Executive Director and you did say you want to deal with any problems.
Lucy, do I look stupid? All right, don't answer that.
Look - I know you played me, and I ain't having it, all right?
So you can get all this lot cleared away.
-Well, I haven't finished collecting rents.
-Yeah, well, I'll do that, OK?
And in future, don't think you can talk me into doing your dirty work. Cos I'm wise to it. All right?
-I told you, it's nothing, man.
-Well, if it's nothing - what, Poppy give you a shiner, did she?
-Don't be... What you talking...?
I'm not gonna say nothing. I'm your bro. It's all good in the hood.
-Just swear, all right? Swear you're not gonna say anything.
-Cor, I fancy you, Fats.
-Get out of it, man!
You're like a one-eyed Lily Savage. What's the matter with you?
-Ty, Ty, come and look at this.
-Sorry, mate, I need to book a flight.
-What do you mean? I thought you were thinking about it.
Yeah, then I stopped thinking and done something for the hell of it. Best laugh I've had in ages.
See, you're getting the old spark back. Doesn't mean you got to go, though.
Alfie, mate, I wish I could stay.
To tell you the truth, I wish Whitney would give me a reason to, but it ain't going to happen, is it?
So I can either hang round here feeling sorry for myself,
or I can go cruising round Europe and actually start having some fun again.
Hold tight, hold tight, bruv. I mean, I'm gonna miss you but if it was down to me, that's my vote.
-Listen - are you sure this is what you want?
-If I get someone to take the stock off my hands.
Listen, don't worry about that, me and Fats can sort it.
It's all right, you go and pack, before you get us crying and Fats loses his lashes.
-I'll tell you another time. He's turning into a ladyboy...
-Get out of it, bruv!
Even if we're not together, we can still be mates.
-You've never had a female friend in your life.
-Yeah, course I have.
I had one in infant school, I think.
Anyway, WE were mates once.
We were in bed after the first hour of meeting.
Well, that's what I mean. That's pretty friendly.
Seriously, some of the best times I've had were those months after we met.
-Didn't last, though.
-No, it's a shame.
Cos I've never had a first hour like that with anyone.
There you are.
I thought you'd be home ages ago. I've got the right cream now, for removal.
I was having some leaving drinks with Tyler.
And anyway it doesn't matter now, babe, I'm the joke of Walford already...
Sorry. I won't ask next time.
Babe, I love you, all right? But a man's got to draw a line somewhere.
All right. Get back to your friends.
I didn't know Tyler was going away.
He's leaving. For good, all right?
He's got a job abroad. And there's nothing to keep him here, is there?
So, what you got in here? I hope you're not nicking none of my shirts.
Oh, man. Who needs European beauties when I've got you, eh?
Get out of here, man! I'm gonna miss you, brother.
-Love you too, man.
And if you need a holiday you know where I am.
We're already planning the honeymoon.
Listen, Ty, how about I get you a cab? Or listen, I'm happy to take you in my car.
-No, no, I'm sorted, man. Got my own ride.
-Hold on. Where did you get that?
-I'm a Moon, ain't I?
Don't forget to drop it back.
Yeah, definitely, after a few laps round the ring road.
Well, I guess this is it. Best hit the road before Danny sees.
You sure you don't want to hang about? Maybe say goodbye to someone?
No. No, best make a clean break.
All right, buddy. Listen, call me as soon as you get there, right? Have a safe journey. Be a good boy.
-See yous later.
-See you. Take care, mate.
-Take it easy, brother.
I just wondered how you were feeling, you know,
see if you wanted a chat - a girly night in or something.
Oh, thanks. But me and Lucy are gonna go out later, celebrate me passing my course.
Oh. I would have thought you would have been too upset.
You know, about Tyler.
Can't be easy, can it? Him moving thousands of miles away.
No, he's not. He hasn't even made up his mind yet.
Oh. I might have got this wrong, but they were just having leaving drinks...
so I assume he's leaving today?
Well, well. Didn't take you long to fall for her excuses again.
Well, I got it wrong. Nothing happened, did it?
And Kirsty's never told a lie in her life.
She ain't lying, all right? Carl told me last night was down to him.
You went to see Carl?
I wanted to know what was what.
-What, you couldn't take my word for it? You had to go and see him?
-Babe, it weren't like that.
We're never going to get past this.
Go on, Ty! Go on, my son.
Hey, watch the Capri.
Tyler, wait! Wait!
Oh, my God, look at this car...
What are you doing?
I can't stay here any more - I'm leaving.
Poppy told me.
I couldn't let you go.
Not without saying goodbye.
And...I know that you wanted me to have this, but
it is yours, and I want you to have it.
You're gonna find someone who really deserves you.
I'm sorry it wasn't me.
I'll never forget you.
I love you, Whitney Dean. And I always will.
Max! Why are you doing this to me?
I'm trying to find out a way to make it work.
Why? When I've done nothing but hurt you.
Your whole family hate me, Carl probably won't leave us alone.
Why would we put ourselves through this?
Why would we ever go near each other again?
All right, Lauren. What are you doing back here?
I thought I'd surprise you.
I thought we were meeting at the market.
I'm just heading over there now to set up.
-I thought you might want to get a head start.
Ooh, "Beauty"! Great name. Adds that touch of class, doesn't it?
Glad you think so. And hopefully by the time you've got rid of this lot,
the whole of Walford will agree.
Sorry? You want ME to post these through the letterboxes?
-You don't mind?
-Course not. You know, cos I'm a team player, so...
Glad to hear it.
Well, let's put Beauty on the map, shall we?
Absolutely. See you later.
OK, yeah, see you in a bit.
Look at her. She's like a different person.
Yeah, well, it's too soon, she's not ready to be back.
-She needs to go back to the clinic, Dad.
-Don't worry, I'll fix it.
The bacon's a bit crispy round the edges.
I've got to get going.
What? Come on, Abs.
When was the last time I cooked yous lot breakfast?
Well, I said I'd meet Jay, so...
Abs, it's fine. See you later.
-They taught you cooking as well as sobriety at that clinic, did they?
What? I ain't pretending she's been on holiday.
Yeah. Yeah, they taught me loads of things, Nan.
They taught me how to cope, how to deal with my feelings better.
-What about your mum? Does she know you're here?
Do me a favour. She's probably halfway to Walford by now.
She'll be knocking at the door to drag you back.
There's nothing there for me, Dad.
I'll call her later and she'll understand.
No, she won't. She'll think the same as me - it's too soon.
I need my life back, Dad.
Give her a chance.
I need to feel like me again. Please.
Sure you don't mind? I've got to be at the restaurant till late.
Yeah, it won't be the first time I've made tea for Bobby, will it?
Oh, Luce, before I forget, that's for you.
It's a discount card for the caff - you know, family only.
I thought you'd get use out of it, cos Janine likes her coffee.
Where are you going?
I planned it all with the counsellors at the clinic.
I'm going to keep busy. I'm going to go for a run in the mornings,
and in the evenings sometimes too.
Lauren, I'd just prefer it if you stayed indoors, please.
Dad, you've got to stop this.
You've got your own life to be dealing with. You and Kirsty.
You were getting back together last night.
I'm just glad I didn't walk in two seconds later.
Yeah, well, she ain't my priority now, is she? YOU are.
-Hello, Max Branning.
Er, no, sorry, mate, I can't do that today.
-Well, I don't know, just take the motors somewhere else.
What are you doing throwing business away?
You flush all of a sudden, are you?
They worked really hard with me at the clinic.
They taught me how to control things,
create routines. So you can do what you need to do.
Yeah, hello, mate. ..No, that's fine. No, I've changed my mind.
I'll be there in about a half-hour, yeah? OK, bye.
Right, now, promise me, all right? Please. Just stay here.
I don't want you going out. Please?
You can trust me.
-See you later.
Keeping that chair warm for me?
I had a nice little chat with Janine this morning.
You know, reminded her how far back me and her go.
Mm. And she said what?
"Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Now get back to work"?
No more games, Lucy.
Now, that filing cabinet is in a right old state.
So, how about you spend today giving it a proper clear-out, hmm?
Plough through some dusty filing cabinet just cos you tell me to?
I don't think so.
I've been calling you all morning.
I know, I'm sorry. It's just... Lauren, I'm trying to sort her out.
Now I've got to run out, pick these motors up...
You look done in.
I'm sorry, all right? I want us to talk. It's just Lauren, innit?
She's not ready to be back here.
Look, your kids come first and Lauren needs you.
Me and you can wait.
Look, I'll persuade her to go back to the clinic
and then we'll have all the time in the world, all right?
And what if she don't want to go back?
I'd better go. I'll see you later.
B, it's me.
Um, look, I don't think we can put off doing these books much longer.
So I'll get started on them, yeah?
-You'll be all right on the stall on your own, won't you?
'but it ain't like you to volunteer for a job like that.'
No, no, I don't mind.
All right, then, if you want to do it. I'll see you later.
Maybe we should get these to go, yeah? Take them home?
You've nothing to be ashamed of, Whit. Why not go and talk to her?
Cos she's busy. It's the play scheme interview thing today.
Sorry, I didn't know.
Don't matter. It's not your fault.
-I messed it up, no-one else.
-If you explain what happened,
I'm sure she'll understand - she's really nice.
What, and make her feel sorry for me?
No, I know Tyler's gone, I should be focusing on my career,
but I don't need no-one's sympathy.
Fine. I am calling Janine.
Say hi from me.
I popped into the caff earlier
but Marie said you were working here now.
Er, yeah. I mean, there have been a lot of changes since you...
..since you went away. You look better.
Yeah. Yeah, well...
I wasn't really looking my best the last time you saw me.
Do you want to do something later? Me, you, Whitney, the boys?
At someone's house or...?
I was thinking we could go to the Vic.
Get the drinks in.
I'm joking, Lucy.
We can go to yours. Or mine.
You can bring Joey if you want.
Um... Look, Lauren, me and Joey were never...
I mean, we had a bit of a thing after you left but it's over now.
OK. So what was all that before, then, Lucy?
Were you just trying to make me think
that you two had something going on?
I don't know...
I just felt... I was just hurt, OK?
OK. Yeah, well, we weren't very fair on you either, were we?
Me and him. So...
What time shall we meet at the Vic, then?
First round's on you.
Lauren, I am really happy that you're better, but...
Yeah. Yeah, you said that bit.
OK, Janine said you have got to shred the old tenants' references
after...AFTER you've separated them from the current ones, OK?
Oh, baby... you've got some magic hands...
And you can feel them any time you like once the salon opens...
Is that a promise?
You work out, don't you?
Well, I own a gym, don't I?
Hardly going to look like a sack of spuds.
Did you know that regular neck massage reduces the risk of injury?
I'll leave all the beautifying things to the women,
if you know what I mean.
Real men look after themselves. But I'm guessing you know that.
All right, then. Let's see what your hands can do.
All right? How long has that been going on?
Since this morning. She must have asked Lister for a temporary pitch.
Men, eh? Just weak, pathetic creatures.
So did you miss me, then?
Yeah, course I did.
Right, we need a proper catch-up, don't we?
Me, you, Tyler as well.
Oh, Tyler ain't around.
What? What happened?
Me and Tyler split up.
He's gone to work on a cruise ship.
Oh, yeah, and Tony killed himself in prison. So nothing much.
You know, you can't just come back here
and expect things to be just the way you left them, Lauren.
Things change, people change, people move on -
it's just the way it is, innit?
How long you back for?
It depends who you ask.
You were meant to meet me half an hour ago.
I had a few issues getting here.
-What can I get you?
-I didn't know a high-powered restaurateur like you
-got involved with dishing out bacon butties.
-I'm covering for Marie.
It's what I call being a caring employer. What can I get you?
-Why don't we sit down and talk business now?
I can't now, I'm busy. I've got some phone calls to make.
We'll catch up in the office later.
Did these issues involve you getting a bus in this morning?
-You all right? Lauren ain't been in here, has she?
She's gone for a walkabout.
-Is this the famous Lauren we're talking about?
-What's it to you?
-Nothing, mate. I just saw her in the market.
You must be glad to have her back.
Mind your own business, yeah?
I can see why you're edgy, Kirst. A girl like that, off the rails,
vulnerable. Must be hard to compete with it.
-You listen to me...
-Stay away from my family... You understand?
-Max, please... Please.
Double rum on the rocks, when you're ready.
The delivery man left the door open.
Is that for me?
Sorry... You... Lauren, you look...
-Yeah, a little bit, yeah!
-Yeah, I know, that's what everyone's saying.
Can I have a hug, then?
Yeah. Yeah, course.
Oh! What's wrong with you, then?
You ain't got a girlfriend to be worrying about.
Yeah, I know, it's just...
Do you really think you should be here with me?
All that drama...with us.
Wasn't that all sort of part of the problem?
Well, there is no "us" any more, is there? So that bit's sorted.
Well, look, I'm really, really glad you're doing so well, Lauren.
You can't even look at me, can you?
OK, er, tell you what,
why don't I just see you around or something, Joey?
Just a quick coffee to go, please, Marie. Thanks.
Morning, Ms Hartman!
Good afternoon, Tiffany.
Could you give my sister that job at the play scheme, please?
Hmm... Your sister chose to leave.
So, sorry, Tiff.
And I've got five people to interview this afternoon,
it's only fair I give them their chance.
Right, I've got three new-build apartments in Bow -
the developer's gone skint, he needs to get rid.
I've already knocked him down to a good price, so...
PHONE RINGS Come on. That's the second big deal I've brought you in a week.
-It's got to be worth a look, innit?
-All right, I will look into it.
But I'd better like what I see.
For your sake.
You need to call Dad. He's going mad looking for you.
Why did you rush off this morning?
Why are you avoiding me?
Didn't you miss me?
Course I missed you.
Then, why are you acting like this?
Everyone that I thought I was coming back to,
they're acting like they don't even know me.
I don't get it.
You can tell I've not been drinking, can't you?
I thought you were going to die!
-You cannot just stop drinking and everything goes back to normal.
You hurt people. All those that you have been thinking about.
You said things and did things, Lauren.
You almost broke us.
I have to go.
You all right, Joey? Has Lauren been here?
-She was, yeah.
-You didn't give her a drink, did you?
No, course I didn't, Max! What do you take me for, eh?
She just came in, she wanted to talk. That's all.
So I kept my distance.
-What do you mean, kept your distance?
-I ain't going back there.
I can't take that risk, can I?
Look, you and me, we're on the same side here.
Ladies, can I give you a flyer?
Denise, one for you?
Yeah, I know what it's like to be lumbered with the donkey work.
Ian's been treating me like a glorified skivvy lately.
Oh, you know, I don't mind. Anything to help out.
You've got really lovely cuticles.
I get that a lot.
Can I tempt you?
I've got magic potions here to make blokes look beautiful.
Course, you've got a head start.
Proper little charmer, ain't she, eh?
What is she doing over there?
It has been like this all day.
I think Phil's going to turn up for a leg wax in a minute.
Some birds, they will do anything for a bit of business.
She'll wait a while if she thinks she can flirt ME into the chair!
Sadie, I think it might look to some of the other women that you're...
well, that you're flirting just to get a bit of extra business.
Maybe that's cos I am.
Thing is, it's the women who are going to be our regular customers.
So you don't want to get off on the wrong foot with them...
Thanks for the heads up, Poppy, but I know what I'm doing.
How are you going to do that without these?
I've been looking for these all day.
Kat, I've got four kids, I can tell when someone's hiding something.
It's nothing, honestly. It don't matter.
I ain't leaving this house until you drop the act
and tell me, so you may as well get on with it.
Ronnie's getting out. Sometime in the next month.
They kept her in longer than expected.
Something to do with her conduct.
That don't sound too good, does it?
I never thought she'd come back here.
But now there's a wedding, she's not going to miss that, is she?
What does Alfie say about it?
Anything he's got to say about Ronnie, he'll say it to her sister.
Yeah, well, it happened to you and him, didn't it, Kat?
Don't really matter who he marries, nothing's going to change that.
Ms Hartman said she'd still consider you for a job at the play scheme.
-Stop mucking about, please, Tiff.
-She did! You're qualified now.
You just have to convince her that you really, really want the job.
This ain't a joke, all right? That job meant a lot to me.
Yeah? How much did it mean?
Ah, you're there. Billy said you'd taken lunch.
I'm on my way back now.
No, no, it's fine. You deserve a break.
I've got to say, that filing system is the most functional
it's been in a really long time.
So, on that note,
how about I give you something a little bit more challenging?
-Are you serious?
-Yeah. I want you to pick one of the businesses,
put together a report on how to make it more efficient.
There must be ways of saving money that I haven't noticed.
And have it on my desk first thing tomorrow morning.
Take the rest of the day off if you want to work on it.
You need to ring your dad.
I thought I could just stop the drinking and that would be it.
But...it's not that simple, is it?
No, it's not. I'm with you there, darlin'.
What if I can't make up for what's happened?
I thought that it was just about drying out
and staying sober, but it's not, is it?
I didn't think about what it'd be like coming back here
and seeing everyone again.
Maybe Dad's right, you know.
Maybe I should go and stay with Mum.
Is that what you want?
I'm just scared, Nan.
I've known Whitney and Lucy since I was a kid.
And they're looking at me like they don't even know me.
So talk to them. Ring them up.
They won't listen.
Can I fit you in for an appointment at the salon when we open?
Nah. I'm allergic to cheap products.
I can fit you in for an appointment at Beauty if you like?
Nah, it's not really my thing, that.
Come for a drink with me later if you want.
-Look after him, yeah?
I've just been driving about, looked everywhere I could think of.
Have you spoken to Tanya?
No, course not. How can I tell her I don't know where Lauren is?
What she's doing. She might be out there now, drinking.
What if she comes through them doors in the next couple of minutes?
What if she's fallen off the wagon? What then?
I'll have to do what's best, won't I?
Even if it's not what she wants.
Sounds like you know what you should be doing, then, bruv.
Will you help me?
Quick coffee to take away, please, Marie.
Do you know you always come in here
exactly ten minutes after the play scheme has finished?
Quite the little private eye, aren't you?
Nosy parker, my mum calls me.
Will you sit down, please?
Listen to this.
WHITNEY: 'This is the opportunity
'I've been waiting for my whole life, Tiff. I know it's just a play scheme.
'I know it ain't much, but to me it's everything.
'It's working with kids, it's a chance to prove that I ain't
'just stupid Whitney, I ain't some air-head with no qualifications.
'I'm good at something. Really good.'
She really wants that job, Ms Hartman.
Will you give her another chance? Please?
I want to say that I get it now.
You don't know who I am without a drink in my hand.
Neither do I.
Lauren, it's not that we don't want to help, it's just...
No, I can't just come back here and expect everything to be the same.
I know. And I want to change.
I don't want to be the one that just lets people down any more.
Well, do you know what? I weren't honest.
I weren't honest about me and Tyler.
I really hurt him.
I didn't mean to. Things didn't just happen.
We split up because it was the best thing for both of us.
But I tell you what, I do miss him.
Yeah, well, even if you hurt someone...
even if you know that you don't deserve a second chance...
you can't help but miss them, can you?
Dad - for the hundredth time. All right, I'll see you later.
Um, are we going to see you?
Are you staying?
So, what do you fancy? A drink, then dinner?
Maybe finish off the evening with a bit of a boogie?
Er... You don't flirt with a guy the way you were flirting with me
and not be after a date.
Darlin', I could get that pint glass to think I fancied it
-if there was something in it for me.
I've got a business to open.
If that means that I'm going to flirt with a guy
I wouldn't normally give the time of day to - that's you, by the way -
then that's what I'm going to do. Get it?
So all that before...?
When you getting married again?
Ooh. I THINK...February.
What's with the "I think"? As if you'd forget.
I think I know a salon you can get your hair done.
Sounds good. Put me down for an appointment, yeah?
-I've got a great idea for our first dance. A waltz...
Or the cha-cha.
No, Alfie. Oh, shut up! I'm not doing the cha-cha with you.
-Right, over to you, Tess...
-You can't be here.
-Yeah, it's not going to take long.
Lauren, please. I've already had your dad round here.
Me and you shouldn't be around each other.
Like that stopped us before.
Listen, what happened wasn't your fault, OK?
I was the girl that drank too much before you even knew me.
It was a bit different, though, Lauren. How you were at the end...
Yeah, and that was down to me. It wasn't your fault.
You did nothing wrong, all right?
I'd be in prison if it wasn't for you.
You were not the one that wrecked things, OK? That was me.
I did those interviews today.
Met some really good people.
amazing with the kids...
But not quite what I'm looking for.
You are the best candidate for the job.
So it's yours if you want it.
Are you serious? Of course I want it!
-It's not me you should be hugging.
It's Tiffany, who's been bugging me all day to give you another chance.
She's all right, your sister.
She's more than all right. Come here.
I should have had you working with me instead of handing out leaflets.
-Let me make it up to you with a drink.
And take that T-shirt off, for goodness sake!
Where have you been? You know how to put people through it, don't you?
Yeah, I'm sorry, all right? Listen, you and Dad, last night.
I ruined it, didn't I?
Things would be easier for you if I weren't here. Tell me the truth.
Do you think I should stay here or not?
Recovery ain't easy.
And you've got to be where you think you can make it work.
And if it's here, then you've got my support.
Right, that's it, Lauren, I'm taking you back to the clinic. Now.
-What? No! No, you're not!
-Lauren, get in the car.
No! No. You're just scared, that's all.
You think I've been drinking and I haven't.
-That's what I told him.
-Cora, stay out of it, will ya?
-I'm her nan!
-Look, you were right. I can't just get my old life back.
I called Mum and I told her everything.
I told her I've left the clinic and I'm here.
She weren't happy about it but I told her I'm staying.
You shouldn't have told her that, Lauren.
I'm thinking of starting my college course again as well.
I've even been in touch with an alcohol counsellor,
just like they told me to at the clinic.
I'm going to do whatever it takes. This is a new start.
It's a new me, Dad.
What if I say no?
Well, I'm not going back there.
So if I'm not welcome in your house,
then I'll just find somewhere else to stay.
So what's it going to be, Dad?
Luce! What are you doing here?
Well, I got to thinking, you know, how you were paying Carl
and still managing to keep Janine's profits intact.
-So I checked the accounts on the computer at home.
-You had no right!
You had no right to calculate Janine's share
after what you had to pay Carl.
What else am I supposed to do? I'm barely scraping by here.
I'm pretty confident Janine's not going to think that's her problem.
Come on, you're not going to tell her, are you?
It's not personal, Dad.
She wants her life back.
'She wants us to trust her.
'Yeah, but, Tanya, short of dragging her to the clinic'
and locking her up in there, what else am I supposed to do?
Yeah, I know all that. But this is her home, innit?
Right, so would you rather she was on the street or near me
where I can keep an eye on her?
I'll make sure she's doing her counselling,
I'll make sure she's eating.
Tanya, Kirsty's out the window, all right?
No. Stepping up as a dad, that's all I care about.
Right, fine... Well, you talk to her again then, yeah?
MUSIC: "With Or Without You" by U2
No, I'm fine. I'm fine.
Well, it is a bit weird not having my mum around.
Yeah. Of course.
And all my mates, just...
-Well, they don't like me because I'm an idiot when I have a drink.
And my ex is pretty happy to keep it that way.
And my dad keeps listening to these '80s tracks,
he's got them on repeat.
He keeps turning up the music and just staring at his dinner,
I don't even know why.
Well, maybe he did actually love Kirsty.
You know, some men are just rubbish without a woman.
And then... Well, everywhere I go on a Friday night people are just...
You know what? You need to do something good.
I dunno, buy a tramp a sandwich or something.
Takes your mind off it, don't it, doing something good?
And then you can come over to mine
and I'll give you a pedicure if you like.
To be honest, you will be doing me a favour cos, you know,
I need to keep my hand in on the foot front and anyway listen,
you do not need to go to the pub to have a good time, all right?
See you later.
Lucy, just the girl. How would you like dinner in the restaurant?
On the house, obviously.
-I've got some puddings I'd like you to try out.
I mean, they reckon, whatever the weather,
everyone enjoys a good solid pudding. And I value your opinion.
I've got to pay Carl.
And I haven't got the...
Look, unless I take the money out the business accounts, Lucy,
I can't pay him, and if I can't pay him,
what's he going to do to me this time?
Have you shown Janine the accounts? Lucy!
Well, you've definitely identified some areas that need addressing.
No. Your plan for the R&R is really well-researched, Lucy.
The architect's report's come in on Kenwyn House,
-it's definitely going to give us what we want.
Um, all right...
How about Assistant Manager of Existing Business?
-I'll work out your terms over the weekend.
Great. First call, look into those drug rumours in the club.
-OK. Good. Go home.
Oh, it's Friday night, people.
So unless there's anything urgent outstanding?
-See you later.
Actually, there was one thing.
Oh, good. Hit me with it.
I was thinking more maybe a quick glass of wine after work?
Tempted as I am by your cheap bottle of wine,
all I want now is a nice hot bath.
I can go with that.
Long as you don't mind the plug end.
But I don't mix business and pleasure, Danny.
That's a shame... you might enjoy it.
When are you going to get the message, eh?
You need me, Kirst.
Carl, you're boring me now.
Look, all right,
I'm sorry. I'm sorry we...
If you'd never been sent down, we'd never have split up.
The world didn't stop just because you went inside. Just...
you know, just let it go. Go and get a life and send me a postcard.
Just stop hanging around me like some weirdo stalker, will you?
You faked you were pregnant. I notice things, Kirst.
Like the fact that you saw off his missus.
And the fact that his daughter's run off to rehab. And Max...
he still don't need you.
Someone needs to let you know how it is.
You need me.
Very impressive set of references.
Excellent. Monday start it is.
Mind you, as long as you're fit and you can do the work, I don't mind.
Well, he's not fit, is he? He's diabetic.
See you later.
Look, her first picnic.
Not her first ever.
This was Michael's idea.
You can go now.
Why don't you join us?
Why would I want to sit in the middle of the local cat litter tray
eating shop-bought sandwiches?
Have you not even noticed that A -
come here darling - our daughter is constantly moving around,
and B, she's putting everything she sees into her mouth?
Are you actually trying to poison her before her second birthday?
Come on, in you go.
Like you said, she's got a routine.
She should be at home. Drinking her milk and watching CBeebies.
And first ever picnic as well?
What do you think, everything just goes on pause when you're not here?
Come on, darling. I know, it's disgusting, isn't it?
Oh, mon Dieu.
SMOKE ALARM BLARES
-Oh, mon Dieu.
-Jean, the pan's burnt dry!
Oh, mon Dieu.
It's involuntary with you, innit? You have to ruin everything.
Michael, I'm so tired...
You know what this is like? This is like Groundhog Day.
Now she is sleeping.
If she wakes up then she's going to scream.
If I leave her, then she's going to scream at 4:30am.
And that isn't your problem, is it?
First ever picnic.
For a hands-on father you really are pretty useless.
Top quality. Top of the line pans, they're absolutely ruined.
-Half a hundredweight of raisins...
-Oh, bonjour, Ian. Bonjour?
We are hardly exactly busy.
Jean, we are trying to get ahead in case we have a rush, OK?
You have just cost me...
days of wages.
Yes, you have. And for that, you're not getting your wages tonight.
-Jean, you do not have to keep speaking French, just cos you might
-possibly be going to Calais on a day-trip with Ollie.
-'ave it your own way.
Jean, there is more to speaking French than sounding foreign
and saying it with a shrug.
Fine, I quit. That clear enough for you? Grumpy, over-reacting.
You have been a complete nightmare to work with, Ian,
since I came back. No offence,
but if you were a woman, I would prescribe a patch
-and diagnose the menopause.
I know that I owe you for the whole fire, sprinkler thing,
and I know you've only just taken your bandage off the other hand.
But I'm in a good mood. I'm happy and...
just normally happy and thinking of a day trip
and learning the language of love. And I'm sorry, Ian,
-but I'm not going to have it ruined by you and your hormones.
-You can't go.
Classy. What's that? A 3.99 bottle from the Minute Mart?
We don't all have your money, Janine.
And don't worry, that's the last time I even bother with all the effort,
all the planning, all this stuff because I have better things to do
with my life.
I get it.
You're right. The effort and the energy and the picnic in the Square.
What do you want? Michael, come on, you're the one that's so hung up
on straight talking.
I want to go and have a bath, OK?
That is what I want, yeah?
So now - now you tell me what you want - because it's bound to be
something ever so big, what with all the effort and the tantrums.
I can just say no and then you can go home.
-Fine. Then please just do the go home bit, OK?
I want Scarlett to stay with me. One night. A Friday night.
She's not a tiny baby any more, I want her to stay with me for a night.
I don't like being manipulated.
Do you practise...?
Do you practise being such a hypocrite?
What about the child? Think about the child's welfare.
No, Michael, all I think about is Scarlett.
Get her out! Get her out! Get her out, Michael!
Don't say good.
They'll be looking straight under the bed for a bottle of vodka
or something. Denial is an addict's habit.
I am though, I'm fine.
Well, all right, I will be. I'll be all right.
Well, I know you'll be all right.
-It's going to be hard, though.
-Yeah, it is.
You get your dad to look after you.
Well, you know, it's like one of his party tricks or something,
scooping up and rescuing.
Has he brought you in the pasta and a big chocolate cake?
It's like living with a feeder.
Two months and I had to tell him. I had cellulite on my ankles.
So...do you not love him any more, Kirsty?
Lauren, it's your dad.
Look, I'm sure you're just busy but your dinner's on the table.
MUSIC: "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds
Oh, you all right, Tan?
Yeah. No, she's fine.
Yeah, no, she's only just this minute walked up.
No, she went for a run.
SHOUTING: Lauren! Lauren, it's your mum.
Ah, no, she's in the bath. She said she'll call you back.
Tan, course I will.
Tan, she's fine, all right? I can manage, trust me.
Yeah, well let's do Lauren a favour.
Let's just...try and trust her, yeah?
-Let's go and see Mummy. Shall we see Mummy?
She's all right. She's all right. There's no cuts.
There's no loss of consciousness or anything horrible like that.
You're great. You'll be fine, I think.
It's a posh buggy, you know, loads of padding. It broke the fall.
-She could have broken her neck.
-I know. I know.
-We left her on her own...
-I know, I know, I know.
-What are we doing?
I know. I'm disgusted with myself. Believe me.
But the NHS woman said that she doesn't need to go in.
You don't need to go in, we just have to watch you for 48 hours.
That's two days in baby language.
Well, I can get you a cab, we can take her in, no?
I wanted it to be different for her.
Oh, sweetheart, no.
We can't mess this up.
We cannot mess her up.
So your daughter doesn't like you,
Janine's not pulling her weight business-wise,
and that - Carl is it? - won't take no for an answer?
-Cos he's hassling you for a job on account of his jobseekers',
only he can't cook, won't wash up
and has never actually done silver service in his life.
Et ca, c'est le man
of qui you parler.
Jean. English, please. Not Franglais.
That's him, isn't it?
Oh, now, Ian. That is just being silly.
Yeah? There or there?
Which do you prefer? Pig there or pig there?
Pig there. I reckon he should go there. What about this guy?
It's always been a roller coaster with them two.
I've been keeping my distance. Deliberately.
I've been trying to stay away. I thought I was doing the right thing,
I thought that was what you wanted.
I'm not saying that it's all your fault.
They were getting married, Kirsty.
You roll up.
My mum was in her wedding dress.
We just need things to be...
Well, we need things to be peaceful.
And what about your dad?
You owe us.
I think you owe us.
A grown man with a paunch standing there with his tongue hanging out.
It is cash. That is all.
I can't help it if she likes me.
I just want to keep in with the boss.
You want to keep in with the boss?
That is not a paunch.
That is a...
So, you want to keep in with the boss, yeah?
Plus Sir Steve Redgrave is a diabetic.
I think you and your five-and-a-half pack should get inside.
I've got some shelves I need putting up.
TV: Boing, boing, boing.
Bounce up and down. Boing, boing, boing.
Funny? Is he funny?
Do we like him?
What's French for "come out"?
Great. And you... You told him that unfortunately I wasn't here today?
I told him that I only speak un peu d'Anglais.
And then when he said I was Jean Slater from the pub,
I told him all about my mental health issues.
He's coming back next week.
Yes, well, a thank you won't be necessary.
I'll just have my money and an early night
and we'll say no more about it.
That's OK, ma... ma petit salle de bains.
I should go.
Or you could stay?
Don't flatter yourself.
I'm housebound. It's Friday night.
I've got half a bottle of decent wine in the fridge.
You can have a glass, if you promise not to throw it at me.
MUSIC: "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" by Tears For Fears
Hey, you all right?
Where've you been?
It's all right. Don't worry. Just... your mum's been on the phone.
She's worried about you cos you weren't picking up.
I told her, you know, she'll be fine...
Well, we trust you, don't we?
I prefer you when you're selfish.
And normal. And wrapped up in your own life.
I'm sorry but it is freaking me out.
You're just all over it, like hands-on.
You're just like this lovesick dad.
I told her it can happen to the best of us.
I think you should work it out.
If you want. Only if you want.
Put your life back how it was.
Thank you, Lauren.
Then you can stay out of mine.
Cos I'm OK, Dad.
..maybe you can have Scarlett overnight once a month.
It's mad, isn't it? Us both fighting over who gets Scarlett
and actually Alice is the one spending most of the time with her.
I've decided, I think I'm going to take six months off.
Maybe a year.
Stay at home, do the whole mum thing, just while she's small,
until she goes to school.
You won't last a week. You'd have a nervous breakdown.
It'd be a mess. Full-time.
No, no, no. It's a noble thought, but...
You've missed me, ain't you? Go on, admit it.
Go on. You can admit it. You've missed me.
You've missed me.
So what do you want to happen now then?
Do you want me to say I've missed you
and then I kiss you... And then take you upstairs?
Sorry, I thought we were straight talking...
but we haven't quite cracked that honesty concept.
You've just got so much front, haven't you? It's just...
It's the arrogance, Michael.
And when you have cracked that concept of honesty,
you can call me. I'll be in the pub.
Look, it'll get busier. It's just one of those things, isn't it?
It's the weather. The recession, people are away on holiday.
Look, sometimes you get quiet nights. It'll pick up.
It WILL pick up. See ya.
Not if you shut early and keep creaming off the profits, it won't.
I promised you dinner, didn't I?
And I said no, thanks.
Lucy, we're not going to get things back to normal
unless we have a proper conversation.
I got a promotion this evening.
-So I'm effectively your boss.
-Have you told Janine about the accounts?
-Don't congratulate me then.
-Have you told her about the accounts?
You know, that is what kindness feels like, Dad.
I'm sorry. I don't even know why I'm crying.
It's all right.
I miss my mum.
And I see her every Sunday.
Look, seriously right, this first bit back, yeah,
it is going to be hard.
But you know what?
I regularly have a little cry without properly knowing the reason
and I'm not addicted to alcohol.
And, you know, I think if people just cried
when they felt like they needed to,
then I reckon they'd drink a whole lot less Lambrusco.
So you just cry, all right?
-Can you pass me a tissue?
So...I changed my mind.
Like there was ever a choice.
Subtitles By Red Bee Media Ltd
Max is back in Walford and is thrown straight back into the drama when Kirsty gives him an ultimatum.
Poppy is in for a shock when she sees Booty is being gutted, but who is its new attractive, no-nonsense owner?
Alfie wants to tell Kat that he and Roxy have set a date for the wedding before they go public. How will Kat react?
Max is in for the surprise of his life when he's found in a compromising situation.
Michael continues to try and ruin Danny's reputation in front of Janine and he ropes Tyler into his plan.
Tyler tells Whitney he is leaving Walford with the hope she will try and stop him, but will his plan backfire?
Max is convinced he knows what's best for his family, but he is soon put in his place by his daughter.
Kirsty is left heartbroken when she is forced to sacrifice the thing she cares about most.
Lucy and Billy are at war at Butcher's Joints to prove to Janine they are the better employee. Who will win the battle?
The new owner of Booty gets off on the wrong foot with the women of Walford by flirting outrageously with all the men. Will she be able to redeem herself?
Janine and Michael are forced to unite for the sake of Scarlett, but will this end up bringing them closer together romantically?
Kirsty is desperate to try and salvage her relationship with Max and she is surprised when help comes from an unlikely source.
Ian is worried when Lucy finds out he's been ripping off Janine in order to pay Carl. Will Lucy tell Janine to help her career or keep quiet for the sake of her family?